DCNR launches Pa. fall foliage report
On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources launched its annual fall foliage report, giving tourists - and residents - the ability to track changing foliage across the commonwealth and find the best spots for viewing the colorful leaves.
Wolf admin announces location for three new state parks
The Wolf administration announced in July that there would be three additions to the commonwealth’s state park system, bringing the total number of state parks from 121 to 124, but at the time, details about the locations of the parks were not yet public.
DCNR on track to get 100 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2030 | Five for the Weekend
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said on Wednesday that it expects to "use 28.7-gigawatt hours of electricity by 2030 with a plan to have the department produce 15.5-gigawatt hours and purchase 13.2 gigawatt hours — all from renewable energy sources."
Environmental watchdogs petition DCNR to remove access fee on oil & gas well database
“Oil and gas well records should be available to all Pennsylvania's citizens, not just a select few citizens with the ability to pay DCNR's exorbitant charges,” a petition to DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn reads. “We the undersigned demand DCNR stop charging citizens $5,500.00 to access the EDWIN database.”
State officials, advocates ask Legislature to fund waterway protection | Five for the Weekend
"Growing Greener III and the Clean Streams Fund need to be prioritized this summer as lawmakers debate a new fiscal spending plan," a statement from PennFuture, an environmental advocacy organization, reads. "Those two proposals would direct $750 million towards clean water, conservation, and open space funding."
Capital-Star Q+A: Nathan Reigner, Pa.’s first Director of Outdoor Recreation
To learn more about him, the role, and the future of outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania, the Capital-Star joined Reigner on a hike in Weiser State Forest in northeastern Dauphin County.
Pa. Budget 2022: DCNR says $638M budget ask will add staff, address aging infrastructure
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn told the Senate Appropriations Committee that her agency would use the funds to address current infrastructure needs, which total more than $1.4 billion, according to the department, and complete other recreation and conservation projects.
DCNR outlines 2022 priorities, banks on the future of outdoor recreation in Pa.
This year, “2022 is going to be our biggest and best year yet,” state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn told an agency advisory panel. She added that the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for an “elevated” investment in Pennsylvania’s public spaces, which saw record use during the COVID-19-induced lockdowns.